Shamim is a NY-based NGO, registered as a non-profit organization under the number 4879589.

The name Shamim (Šamim) is derived from the word Samim, the original Hebrew word for incense and fragrances used in the Great Temple in Jerusalem as mentioned in Bible (Exodus 30:7, 30:34). The offering of the incense (Ketoret) was the most prestigious and sacred of the services in the Temple. The Hebrew word Ketoret קטרת also means to bond or to connect. The Quran and Hadith mention that good fragrances are associated with all that is “close” to our Creator, like heaven.

حبِّب إليَّ من دنياكم النساء والطيب، وجعلت قرة عيني في الصلاة. -رسول الله محمد صلى الله عليه وسلم

“From your world, women and fragrances were made beloved to me and the blossom for my inner-eye is meditation.” – Prophet Mohammad


In the Persian culture, Shamim is the word for a sweet fragrance and is mentioned in many poetries. Fragrances were very important for the Persian and Israeli kings. In other cultures, the word Šamim can be defined as a sweet fragrant breeze, incense, perfume, or someone who is empathic, always giving and understanding of others, a healer of hearts and the left hand.

“We smell, therefore we are.” -R.B.